There is no way to be exhaustive in all we believe on this page. We believe the Bible. We thought about just leaving it at that, but, that seems rather pompous – definitely not illuminate church style. Below, we have listed some essentials, to help you get a good idea of what we believe as a church.
Beliefs are not meant to be initiators for arguments but a basis for unity. Over all these beliefs and our conversations about them, let us wave the banner of love. If you have any questions about our beliefs, or something that is not covered here, pleas send us an e-mail. We would love to talk with you!
There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (known as the Trinity). These three are co-equal and co-eternal. We believe God the Father is the creator of humanity and all things. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to become the Savior of the lost world so that every person might have relationship with God. We believe the Holy Spirit dwells in every believer and causes them to grow towards their full potential in Jesus Christ.
I John 5:7 // Genesis 1:26 // Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19 // Luke 1:35 // Isaiah 9:6 // Hebrews 3:7-11
We believe that salvation is God’s gift received by faith on the part of the believer. Our faith is in Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection which conquered sin and death for all time. It is salvation that reunites us with the heart of the Father. To be clear – this salvation is a gift that cannot be earned or bought.
Ephesians 2:8-9 // Titus 3:5-7 // Romans 10:9-10 // Hebrews 9:22, 10:10
The Bible is the sole basis of everything we say or do at illuminate church. We believe the Spirit of God moved men to write every word found in the Bible therefore making the Bible inspired and without error. The Bible is the final authority on every subject.
II Timothy 3:16 // II Peter 1:20-21 // Proverbs 30:5 // Romans 16:25-26
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
We believe all Christians should live for Christ and not for themselves. At our core we believe that people who follow Christ put Him first in all things. We believe in extravagant worship which shows our true allegiance to Jesus’ authority. We believe in intentional growth through the Bible and through prayer. We believe life is found in community with other believers. We believe in advancing His Kingdom by our giving, serving, and invitation to a life with Jesus Christ.
Matthew 6:33 // John 4:20 // Mark 4:3-20 // Acts 2:42-47 // I Peter 2:9-12
We believe that the church is God’s representation on the earth today. The church is the body of Christ with Jesus Christ as the singular head. The church is made up of all those people who have, by faith, received Jesus as Lord. The church exists on the earth to bring glory to God, to speak of His light in a dark world, and to serve people as to show them God’s love.
Matthew 16:13-19 // Acts 2:14-47 // I Corinthians 12:27 // Colossians 1:18
We believe that every human was created in the image of God which means we have God’s essence within our DNA which longs to be connected in relationship to God. Sin (choosing our way over God’s) has caused all people to be alienated from God. We have all therefore lost the ability to have relationship with God of our own accord.
Genesis 3 // Romans 3:23